Comptroller: Texas roads challenged by growth
The growth rate in Texas is putting unprecedented strain on the state's system of highways and farm-to-market roads, causing traffic delays and pushing an aging infrastructure to its limits, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar wrote in his most recent Fiscal Notes edition.
The 73,000 miles of interconnected roadways is the largest in the nation.
Texas continues to struggle to "meet the transportation needs of its growing population and business community," Hegar writes.
“Additional revenues recently approved by voters will help us build new projects and address some urgently needed repairs, but the state still faces a hefty challenge in ensuring safe and reliable roadways for a growing economy that is attracting new Texans every day,” Hegar said. “We’ll need a considerable financial commitment to keep our traffic flowing as well as it does today.”
Congested roadways left drivers in the state's largest metro areas stuck in traffic for 52 hours in 2015, he reports.
Texas voters approved additional revenues to help build new projects and address "urgently needed repairs," Hegar said, "but the state still faces a considerable challenge in ensuring safe and reliable roadways for a never-ending flow of new Texans."
That will require a considerable financial commitment, Hegar said, just to keep traffic flowing as it does presently.